The Blueprint: The importance of HERstory. Stay Lit and March 4th!
I love when this day comes around every year. Say it aloud, “March Forth.” Move forward. How does that statement resonate with you? For me, it motivates me to keep pushing to the next level of my dreams.
We are almost ninety (Yes 90) days into the new year and how are we doing with our goals for 2016? I’ve been reflecting on the goals I have on my vision board, and I’ve made progress. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of work to do.
We went from Black History Month to Women’s History Month. Can we agree that last month was jam packed with greatness?! I know that this month will be no different. I mean Hello, March is the month for movement. It’s instructing us that everything we’ve worked for is requiring us to act on it.
This week I reflected on my interaction with Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson. She was the matriarch and activist behind the Civil Rights Movement and marches in Selma, Alabama. When she was on tour last year (at 103 years old) I was given the opportunity to edit a video for her to be placed in her personal archives.
I thought about the strength of Ms. Amelia. She was in her fifties when she was apart of the fight for equality in Alabama. When I listened to her speak in an intimate venue last year she repeated the one thing that continued to keep her going.
Faith without works is dead, right? It all starts with faith. The faith that this thing is gonna happen. If it aligns with God’s will, it’s gotta work!
She was brutally attacked on March 7, 1965 (Bloody Sunday), in Selma during a march for voting rights in Alabama. After the attack I’m sure that would have stopped the average person. Ms. Amelia was far from average. She was determined to keep the faith until things changed.
Have you seen the movie Selma, directed by Ava Duvernay? Ms. Amelia is played by Lorraine Toussaint in the movie. If you haven’t checked it out please do so this weekend. Thank me later. 😉
On this day what will you do different to make a change in your life? I’m holding myself accountable and taking notes from the blueprint that Ms. Amelia has left behind.